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Accident description
Last updated: 28 November 2015
Date:Friday 3 May 1985
Time:ca 12:00
Type:Tupolev 134A
Operator:Aeroflot / Estonia
Registration: CCCP-65856
C/n / msn: 23253
First flight: 1975
Total airframe hrs:18548
Crew:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 73 / Occupants: 73
Total:Fatalities: 79 / Occupants: 79
Collision casualties:Fatalities: 15
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Zolochiv (   Ukraine)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Tallinn-Ülemiste Airport (TLL/EETN), Estonia
Destination airport:Lvov-Snilow Airport (LWO/UKLL), Ukraine
The Tupolev 134, descending for Lvov, collided with an Air Force Antonov 26 (101 red) which had just taken off from Lvov.
The head-on collision occurred at an altitude of FL130

PROBABLE CAUSE: Violations of air traffic control rules by the civil approach and the military controllers due to misidentification of the location of both aircraft in the area of the navigational station.

Mid air collision
Loss of control

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Distance from Tallinn-Ülemiste Airport to Lvov-Snilow Airport as the crow flies is 1061 km (663 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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